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We have awesome volunteers.
Crazily warm day for a walk last Saturday! Birds are singing: there was a tremendous cacophony of competing Black-capped chickadees singing on Thursday the 23rd, which was a delight. Today the Northern Cardinal was singing in the dogwoods. And the Birders left lots of treats in the Museum fridge; I think I gained 10 pounds just nibbling on them as I assembled this post for you… Thanks everyone, for baked goodies, bird observations, and community companionship.
Birds of Vermont Museum, Chittenden, Vermont, US Feb 25, 2017 8:05 AM Protocol: Traveling Party Size: 8 Duration: 1 hour(s), 35 minute(s) Distance: 1.609 kilometer(s) Comments: 10 species Canada Goose 12 Flyover Mourning Dove 17 Downy Woodpecker 1 Blue Jay 8 American Crow 10 Black-capped Chickadee 12 Tufted Titmouse 2 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Dark-eyed Junco 1 Red-winged Blackbird 1 In the feeder area, 1 male View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34782352 Feb 25, 2017 8:00 AM - 10:35 AM Protocol: Stationary Comments: Observed from the feeder window during the monitoring walk. Very warm conditions: 50 degrees. 7 species Mourning Dove 2 Downy Woodpecker 2 Hairy Woodpecker 4 Blue Jay 5 Black-capped Chickadee 3 Tufted Titmouse 2 Red-winged Blackbird 3 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34783779 These reports were generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
We’ll be out again on March 25 at 8:00 a.m. for our next Monthly Bird Monitoring Walk. Tell us you’ll be joining us!
Remember: there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.
It’s a quiet week in – oh, wait. Right. We went walking! Also not-walking. Both activities let us record birds.
Thank you, Executive Director Erin Talmage, for leading this month’s walk. Happy New Year!
Birds of Vermont Museum, Chittenden, Vermont, US Dec 31, 2016 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.5 kilometer(s) Comments: Monthly monitoring walk led by Erin Talmage 7 species Mourning Dove 6 Downy Woodpecker 1 Blue Jay 4 American Crow 3 Black-capped Chickadee 8 Tufted Titmouse 1 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33306204 Dec 31, 2016 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Protocol: Stationary Comments: Observation window 12 species Mourning Dove 7 Downy Woodpecker 3 Hairy Woodpecker 4 Blue Jay 18 American Crow 1 Black-capped Chickadee 8 Tufted Titmouse 3 Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Dark-eyed Junco 7 White-throated Sparrow 2 Northern Cardinal 2 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33307788 These reports were generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
We’ll be out again on January 28th at 7:30 a.m. for our next Monthly Bird Monitoring Walk. Tell us you’ll be joining us! Remember: there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.
Birding by the Numbers
A Call to Artists from the Birds of Vermont Museum in celebration of our 30th Anniversary
We at the Museum like to say we are “where natural history meets art.” But flip through the files of time while birding in the last 30 years… what would ornithology be without math? What new facts and figures about feathered phenomena do you most appreciate? Join us as we play with birds and numbers!
We seek bird-focused art that incorporates a feeling for number with artistic expression. We are open to any media. Let your art—from imaginary to irrational, with birds silly and significant—populate our creative space!
Here is a tiny fraction of funky factoids to tickle your fancy and perhaps illustrate what we mean:
- There are over 25,000 feathers on a Tundra Swan, some 80% of them on its head and neck alone. (from “Waterfowl Feathers” at Ducks Unlimited)
- It takes four and twenty blackbirds to make a pie suitable for a king. (Mother Goose, with more info at Wikipedia)
- Barred Owls are home-bodies. Of 158 banded Barred Owls, none had moved more than 6 miles. (from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
- Bob Spear spent 1,230 hours carving and painting the Wild Turkey: that’s almost 31 weeks of a full-time job (assuming no coffee breaks) (and Bob didn’t drink coffee).
The show runs from May 1 to October 31 in the Museum’s multi-purpose room, halls, and foyer. Most art will be hung on the walls. We have shelf space for three-dimensional works and some ceiling space if your work is suitable there. Feel free to visit and scope out the options! In choosing works for a show, we strive to integrate variety into a harmonious whole.
Both new and returning artists are invited to submit up to 3 works, by sending no more than three (3) .jpgs showing your work to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Submission for Birding by the Numbers” in the email subject. If you do not have email, you may send up to three prints to the Museum, attention Birding by the Numbers. Please include your contact information and a description of work (media, artwork size, when made, etc.).
Entries are due by Tuesday, March 21, 2017.
Museum staff will select pieces by March 29 and will let artists know by email if possible. The Museum asks for permission to reproduce images of the selected works in print and online as part of publicity for the exhibit; if you prefer partial or cropped images for this, or have preferred images, please tell us or supply them.
Selected pieces should arrive at the Museum during the first weeks of April and be ready to hang (if applicable). Artists are responsible for shipping, or drop-off/pick-up. Pick-up should occur by November 30, 2017.
Artists who show their work here are invited to sell originals, prints, and/or cards through us on consignment. Details are available on request.
We are always thrilled to arrange artist workshops at the Museum with our exhibitors. Please tell us if you are interested in this.
Please call or email Kir Talmage or Allison Gergely with any questions. We can be reached at 802 434-2167 or email@example.com.
Need more inspiration? We found some — in numerals and nonsense, tesselation and tattoos, geometry and gaggles. Thanks to Google image search and some collaging from our staff:
ORNAMENTAL FACES: Carving class Sat Nov 12 • 9–3 :
Santa! Wizard! Leprechaun! Carve and paint gnomish faces. Great for fun, gifts!
Time for Winter Hours! On Nov 1, the Museum switches to winter hours: ‘Open By Appointment’. Please call to schedule a visit for yourself—family—school—group!